Bill Sanders Receives the 2016 Theodore Wirth Award for Excellence in Parks

Bill Sanders of Loucks recognized for his important work on key public realm projects and civic service to the Capital Area Architectural and Planning Board.

May 10, 2016
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded Bill Sanders the 2016 Theodore Wirth Award for Excellence in Parks.  Sanders is a senior landscape architect with Loucks, a multidisciplinary consulting firm that provides planning, civil engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and environmental services to clients.

“This is a tremendous honor from such an important and respected organization,” said Bill Sanders.  “I share the society’s continued commitment to promote and raise awareness of quality design, planning, and preservation work that makes an impact on our community.  This is also an important award for Loucks and our amazing team of experts who bring passion and expertise to each project.”

The Theodore Wirth Award for Excellence in Parks is presented to an individual, group, organization, business, governmental or non-governmental agency who has been influential in the planning, design, development, administration, maintenance or preservation of a historic site, landmark or cultural landscape in a park, park system or wildlife preserve.

Sanders received the 2016 Wirth Award for his more than three decades of public service to the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board maintaining the high standard of design for public and private projects in the Capitol Area, and for his overall distinguished body of work in park design including the design and planning work of the Irvine Park Historic District in Saint Paul and the Minnehaha Park renovation plan in Minneapolis.

“Bill’s work and his dedication to the Capital Area Architectural and Planning Board are remarkable,” said Gina Bonsignore, ASLA and President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  “This award is a way to recognize the amazing professionals in our field who not only do great work to serve their clients, they also give back to this community through the time and expertise they share.”

About Bill Sanders
Sanders is an award-winning landscape architect with more than 50 years of experience in urban, streetscape, park and recreation, commercial, and residential planning and design. For 30 years, he served as president of Sanders Wacker Bergly, Inc., which was acquired by Loucks in 2013.  For 30 years, Bill was the planning and design advisor to the Capital Area Architectural and Planning Board. In this role, he helped create and facilitate solutions to complex urban design challenges within the planning districts surrounding the State Capital building.  He also served for 14 years as the supervisor of urban design with the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the City of Saint Paul. He has established a high standard of excellence as the designer and project manager for high-impact, high-visibility projects, many of which link historic and contemporary landscapes. 

Bill has provided outstanding professional leadership through his activities on prominent public projects throughout the State that includes the Governor’s Residence Council and the Greening of the Great River Park project.  Throughout his career, Bill have been actively involved in ASLA-MN, serving as President, Trustee, Board Member, and chair of numerous committees. Bill graduated from Iowa State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture.

About The Theodore Wirth Award for Excellence in Parks
First awarded in 2011, this service award honors the legacy of Theodore Wirth by recognizing individuals who influenced quality design, planning and/or creation of parks and related public spaces in Minnesota.  Theodore Wirth was Superintendent of Parks for the Minneapolis Park System from 1906-1935, leaving a lasting and treasured legacy for those who enjoy parks. This award is sponsored by the Minneapolis Parks and Legacy Society.  Learn more at

About Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
ASLA-MN is the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) which represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world. 

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This week’s relighting of the restored “Pillsbury’s Best Flour” sign holds special significance for Loucks. Along with project partners Dominium, BKV Group, Weis Builders, and the City of Minneapolis, Loucks helped to preserve the site and transform the historic mill into affordable living and working space for artists.

Many of the building’s original features and spaces remain intact, including the original heavy timber frame, Platteville limestone foundation, massive white grain silos, Cleaning House, Warehouse No. 2, and the Red Clay Tile elevator with its landmark “Pillsbury’s Best Flour” neon sign. Loucks provided civil engineering, land surveying and laser scanning services on the project. For more details about the sign reinstallation, visit Star Tribune and WCCO.


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Our new look and message more clearly articulates Loucks’ identity, culture, values, and expertise in a fresh and modern way. Our enhanced image complements our mission:

We inspire our clients to make the best use of their land.

The Loucks rebrand presents a vision that inspires clients and our industry to see our company in a new light and connect our image to the way we do business.

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